Hertz

Hertz Posts Higher Revenue, Plans to Relist Amid Travel Rebound

Car-rental company Hertz Global Holdings Inc. said it plans to relist on a major stock exchange by the end of 2021 as its quarterly revenue surged amid a travel rebound.

For April through June, Hertz posted sales of $1.87 billion, growth of 62% compared with the first three months of the year. Sales remained significantly lower than pre-pandemic levels but marked a substantial recovery compared with last year’s spring quarter, when the pandemic brought much of leisure and business travel to a halt.

As vaccination campaigns helped ease the pandemic in the first half of this year, more people hit the road again. Meanwhile, automotive production challenges have squeezed all corners of the car market, raising prices for used cars and keeping rental fleets tight. For Hertz, demand has been resurgent and slim car-rental inventories industrywide boosted the company’s results, Chief Executive Paul Stone said.

“The rental-car industry was

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How to hunt down a used-car deal from a rental company like Hertz, Enterprise during coronavirus

As Hertz offers to sell thousands of its cars at steep discounts and millions of Americans face financial uncertainty due to coronavirus, now might be a good time to hunt for bargains from rental car companies. 

“There are definitely good deals out there,” said Rick Ricart, president of the pre-owned vehicle dealership Ricart Automotive in Ohio. “Rentals are down, and rental car companies might be getting aggressive to cut their losses.”

But there are also things to look out for. 

Pouncing on a used-car deal just because you see an alluring price could leave you in a financial bind down the line. And with cases of COVID-19 ticking up, buyers should take extra precautions before taking off in a car previously driven by dozens or even hundreds of other people. 

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Here’s how to smartly and safely find a used-car deal from a rental company in the age of COVID-19:

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